Antiques of Kochi

Jew Town in Kochi, Kerala is the home to an elaborate antique market. Several shops sells antiques and collectables form many years. Another attraction is the historical synagogue which was build up in 15th century. Thousands of tourists visit Jew town every day to see the market and purchase antiques. Here, I met Ashraf.

A view of the warehouse interior

A view of the warehouse interior

Plaster off the wall revealing cut-stones

Plaster off the wall revealing cut-stones

Inside view with Ashraf looking on

Inside view with Ashraf looking on

Glass tiles to let natural light in

Glass tiles to let natural light in

Ashraf leading to warehouse

Ashraf leading to warehouse

Shops by the street

Shops by the street

Ox-head is well known from the Bharani Festival, Chettikulangara

Ox-head is well known from the Bharani Festival, Chettikulangara

More antiques

More antiques

Shops

Shops

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Cup of tea by the lake side

Cup of tea by the lake side

Ahsraf owns one of the leading businesses located here. A man of experience and business acumen, he offered to take me on a tour of his shop and warehouse, located at the end of the street. The neatness of the place was impressive. Walls that had lost some of the plaster and the cobwebs ironically adds to the beauty of the place. Beautiful Vembanadu lake is at the backyard of Ashraf’s vast warehouse.

Ashraf by lakeside

Ashraf by lakeside

Ashraf showing some catalogues

Ashraf showing some catalogues

Beautiful clock

Beautiful clock

Plantain by the well

Plantain by the well

Uniterrupted power

Uniterrupted power

29" bicycle

29″ bicycle

 

Shops display top quality antique stuffs like architectural wooden houses, pillars, ceilings, beautiful furniture which are made out of Rose wood and teak wood. Bronze statues,Bronze vessels like world famous Uruly (the Kerala cooking vessel which is made out of quality bronze), ancient Hindu wood carvings, Hindu terracotta figures, old Jars, old wooden statues, Tanjavoor Paintings, Christian figures and paintings and traditional Kerala handicrafts of Kerala are also available.

 

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